04/27/2015 12:48 pm ET | Updated Apr 27, 2015

7 Genius DIY Home Projects That Will Save You A Ton Of Space

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If you live in tight quarters, you understand how important it is to save space whenever possible. Unfortunately, shoving your accumulated junk under the bed will only get you so far. When your countertops are cluttered, your closets are overflowing and the claustrophobia is finally sinking in, it's time to reevaluate your choices.

We've collected 7 brilliant DIY projects that will help you organize your life and redefine your space. All you need is a toolkit and a lazy afternoon to completely transform your home. Let at least one of these projects inspire you to take advantage of every single square inch.

  • 1 Get creative with wall space.
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    For a quick DIY project that will save you major floor space, mount a vertical shoe rack against your bedroom wall. Not only will this free up square footage in your closet, it will keep shoes organized and easy to find. And if you want to keep your shoe addiction under wraps, install a decorative curtain to easily close off your collection.
  • 2 Clear off your countertops.
    Are your kitchen countertops the place where bills, receipts, and errant sticky notes go to die? Get yourself organized with this DIY kitchen command center. Take a small corner of your kitchen and transform it into family headquarters! Mount a calendar, mail slots, dry erase board, and jars filled with pens and pencils. Your countertops will be clutter-free in no time. Head over to Ciburbanity for more details on how to make this project come to life.
  • 3 Go corner-crazy.
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    Turn your home's corners into dynamic decor and valuable storage space with gorgeous corner shelves. Fill them up with books or decorate them with knick-knacks. Either way, you'll be opening up previously unusable wall space.
  • 4 Embrace every nook and cranny.
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    If your living room is on the small-ish side, don't fill it up with a clunky coffee table. Instead, take advantage of the sliver of space behind your couch. You can build a thin table yourself, or hack your way to a behind-the-sofa surface using wall-mounted shelves.
  • 5 When in doubt, think vertical.
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    Save valuable floor space by turning your nightstand into a hanging side table. This project from The Merrythought requires some pretty impressive woodworking, but the results are well worth the effort!
  • 6 Open the door to valuable storage space.
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    If your bathroom cabinets are overflowing with toiletries and make-up, this is the fix for you. With just a few over-the-door shelves, you can turn your doors into prime organizing space. And you don't have to stop with just a bathroom makeover; any bare door can become extra storage for clothes, school supplies, or jewelry. Check out this project on Org Junkie to see how you can customize your door storage.
  • 7 Double up on functionality.
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    If you're limited on bedroom space, why not let your desk also serve as your nightstand? You'll be able to ditch those dinky side tables and set up a stylish, functional work space.

  • Plan With Proportions In Mind
    A small space needs small furniture. Instead of buying a big couch or a chunky coffee table, look for smaller pieces like futons, love seats and small side tables. Smaller pieces can easily be moved around when you have guests over.
  • Go Vertical
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    If you live in a small space you need to think tall: Use bookshelves and wall space to hang and display sentimental items.
  • Use Every Inch Of Space
    These DIY rolling crates from Teal and Lime can be stored under your bed or couch to make storage a lot more stylish.
    Learn how to make crates here.
  • Save Space
    Small spaces can get crammed quickly, so make time to carefully fold clothes, for example. It will help you save space in your drawers and reduce wrinkles. This simple folding technique from The Gloss keeps your t-shirts nice and compact.
  • Store What You Don't Need
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    Place seasonal clothes like bulky jackets and sweaters in empty suitcases, and store them under the bed or at the back of your closet until you need them.
  • Pick The Right Paint
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    Dark colours make your room appear smaller while light shades create the illusion of more space.
  • Add A Mirror
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    Due to their reflective nature, mirrors help a room seem bigger and brighter. Place a large mirror across from a window, and you'll trick guests into thinking there's another room beyond the frame.
  • Choose Convertible Furniture
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    Multipurpose furniture is a must-have in a small space. Choose a pull out couch that doubles as a guest bed or beds that come with storage space.
  • Hide It Behind The Door
    Keep clutter at bay by storing supplies in shoe bags. You'll be able to see everything you have and you'll never worry about knocking over a bottle of bleach again.
    Get more laundry storage ideas at: The Organized Housewife
  • Think Custom Or DIY
    There's so much wasted space under the stairs, don't sacrifice it, customize it.
    Learn how to make this custom cabinet on Ikea Hackers.